Day 165: A Place of Love

“When I say to you, ‘You are lovely’,  you do not believe me, because of the blemishes you know so intimately;  but those blemishes are the scars  of your sufferings and they shine out of your soul,  radiating beauty,  the way the daisies do in the long summer grasses. So when I say to you. ‘Even with closed eyes, I still see how beautiful you are’, it is true. Believe it. Believe it.” ~ Rumi

I am a sculptor, a molder of form.

In every moment I shape an idol.

But then, in front of you, I melt them down

I can rouse a hundred forms

and fill them with spirit,

but when I look into your face,

I want to throw them in the fire.

My soul spills into yours and is blended.

Because my soul has absorbed your fragrance,

I cherish it.

Every drop of blood I spill

informs the earth,

I merge with my Beloved

when I participate in love.

In this house of mud and water,

my heart has fallen to ruins.

Enter this house, my Love, or let me leave.

~ Rumi

“Your inner teacher says: ‘Come closer.  Be faithful to the tree that you are.  Like last year’s leaves,  shed the old stories,  the ache of unfulfilment,  the pain of separation  from yourself. Follow the fool’s tracks.   He turns himself inside out   and upside down   and all for smiles,   all for laughter,   that splits paradigms   and shakes you to your roots. Come inside.   Summer is a wild rose,  though only  for a little while,   but your heart is  a rose for all seasons   and wild   for love. Do not be afraid to be  heart to heart  with yourself.”’ ~  Rumi

“The Master sees things as they are, Without trying to control them.  He lets them go their own way,  And resides at the center of the circle. He or She understands that the Universe  is forever out of control,  And that trying to dominate events Goes against the current of the Tao.  Be content with what you have;  Rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking,  The whole world belongs to you.”  ~ Tao Te Ching

A summer’s walk in the Great Northwest
photos by Sam Craft

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23 thoughts on “Day 165: A Place of Love

    1. Thank you for the 4th wishes. Shall be a fun-filled day! Pool party, then a potluck with relatives, then fireworks in the park. Hugs to you. Rumi was a genius…..love his wisdom and soul. xoxo Sam

  1. In a mood, today, I guess. The last picture took me away from peace and reminded me of “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon” by Stephen King. It is a short novel by him and excellent, but not peaceful!
    Enjoy the trip to nature,
    Scott

    1. Oh, good. My intention was to provide inspiration……goal complete. 🙂
      Happy 4th. Hugs and love to you. The clueless gal when it comes to finding places in huge malls! lol. Hugs. Sam 🙂

  2. Why are we always on same page? I love Rumi but just yesterday pulled out a few of his translated works (books) I haven’t looked at in a long time…now your post !! Amazing –

    ‘Even with closed eyes, I still see how beautiful you are’, it is true. Believe it. Believe it.” ~ Rumi

    Perfect re: what we talked about yesterday!! ~ much love ss – Happy 4th to you 😉

    1. That was my favorite line in all the words I quoted above….the even with eyes closed…… 🙂 Yep….sea sisters, for sure. Rumi is so amazing. The depth of his emotional experience and soul experience is something I understand well. And to be able to write as he did……….awe inspiring. Lovely to hear from you. Happy 4th of July. 🙂

  3. I lovedddd the photos…especially the second from the bottom…They really put a smile on my face:))) so lovely samtastic..upgrade to a mexican food meal with that one lol

    1. I thought you might. I have lots more to post….You would love this state park. The walk is just breathtaking…I went with Steff when she visited. She was with me… Another smile…..I think I shall upgrade from mexican food now to a seafood house. Samtastic + Smiles….. that’s getting expensive for you. hehe. Hugs. Hope your 4th was brilliant and bright. 🙂

  4. Sam, i love this post. I can definitely relate to giving up control in order to remain balanced. I am constantly reminded to work on my need to control, because sometimes it is so easy to think certain methods are what is best for someone, when that is giving too much energy away. Today i went to listen to music and eat food and i talked to my fourth grade teacher who has a daughter with autism. He thought i was one of his favorite students, yet i didn’t know what i meant until now. Typing this experience, i am so grateful to be connected with you. I know that i write a lot of deep intellectual thoughts that are for opening up and inspiring, yet at the same time, i realize how much i value the company of others in order to fluidly discuss such deep subjects without losing my energy. Wow, my emotions are all over the place. Overall, i very much appreciate how uplifting you have become and how you never give up, which is why we are connected on a more spiritual level. Love you soul sister.
    ~Maya

    1. I can totally see why you would be a teacher’s favorite. What a bright light and joy you are. Thank you for all of your insight and supportive words. You are so very wise beyond your years. 🙂 Hugs soul sister. Sam

      1. Your welcome Sam. Talking to my teacher made me feel like smiling inside. Somewhere during fourth grade, i started to think too much about teachers liking me, and so i tried to not care as much, but it just doesn’t feel right anymore. I am meant to be centered in my world, no matter what i hear from others. Deep down, I always knew that i could overcome obstacles, i just needed to have faith in myself. Also writing during college was very therapeutic, as i started writing faster and thoughts really started to flow. I am actually in the middle of reading a book called “The Complete Guide to Psychic Development” by Cassandra Eason. I love these types of books because an inner knowing i has, feels that things start to open up…like secret passageways in an attic or alley way. Gosh, slowly, i feel like the universe is there for me a lot, and the best part is, it is the most challenging and unknown frequency of change where i can truly love myself for everything, even in solitude.

  5. Just Beautiful~ My Favorite lines~ When you realize there is nothing lacking, The whole world belongs to you.” & Enter this house, my Love, or let me leave~~~ Picts., videos…All of this was a perfect way to start this new moment/day~ Thank you Sam~ 🙂

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